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'''Jean de La Fontaine''' (; 8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was the most famous French Fable|fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his ''La Fontaine's Fables|Fables'', which provided a model for subsequent fable|fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages. According to Gustave Flaubert|Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Victor Hugo. A set of postage stamps celebrating La Fontaine and the ''Fables'' was issued by France in 1995.
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Birth placeChâteau-Thierry, Champagne, France|Champagne, France
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Death placeNeuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France
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